How to download and install Apple’s “San Francisco Pro” font on your Mac

Apple reintroduced its popular San Francisco font in 2014, delivering it to developers for use in watchOS. Initially, the San Francisco font was only available on watchOS, but was quickly ported to OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, and more. If you want to download the latest San Francisco (SF) font or its variations, you can use these instructions.

San Francisco Police History

San Francisco was one of the original fonts shipped on Apple’s first Macintosh computers. The wild-looking font was designed by legendary designer Susan Kare, known for the beautiful fonts and icons that powered the first Macintosh user interface.

The San Francisco police mimicked a ransom demand in its first iteration and was used in both early Apple demos and flyers. Unfortunately, the original San Francisco font was a bitmap font that was obsolete with the Macintosh 7 system, which left the bitmap font and switched to TrueType fonts.

Switch to 2014, and the San Francisco font has been redesigned for the Apple Watch. The new San Francisco font offers a clean, modern look that is highly readable on Apple mobile and desktop devices. Its generous spacing makes it ideal for small Apple Watch and iPhone screens.

How to download the San Francisco font

You can download this font and its variations from Apple’s developer website. You don’t need to be a developer to download these fonts.

  1. Start by visiting the Fonts page on Apple’s developer website.
  2. Click the download button to download the installer for the desired font.

How to install the San Francisco font

  1. Once the download is complete, you need to open Finder and locate the DMG font installer.
  2. Double-click on the installer to open the font package and double-click on the font to begin installation.
  3. Follow the prompts and accept the license (if you agree) to complete the installation.

How to manage your policies

Font Book lists and categorizes all the fonts on your Mac. You can preview the font and manage it directly in the Font Book app.

  1. Start by opening Launchpad and select the Other folder to find the Font Book app. You can also open Finder and navigate to the Application folder.
  2. Open the Font Book app and you will see a list of all the fonts installed on your computer.
  3. You can click the font to preview or right click for a context menu that lets you disable, remove the font, etc.

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